-Including MADRID BARAJAS, FRANKFURT AM MAIN, LONDON STANSTED, BARCELONA AIRPORT,
DE GAULLE, COPENHAGEN AIRPORT, NICE-CÔTE D'AZUR, WARSAW CHOPIN, BUDAPEST FERIHEGY, BERGAMO ORIO AL SERIO and MALMÖ STURUP
This is a unique idea, that I got on the airplane on my way to Barcelona
from Copenhagen. I decided to make a page with
only pictures taken from aircrafts. Photos on the sky and different cloud formations, airports, cities, water and landscapes
from above and airplanes. Because of the included airports on the rest of the website, I decided to focus on the air. I have photos from flights between 8 airports so far.
The first set of photos have been taken from one of the Danish low fare airline Sterling's
aircrafts on the flight
from Copenhagen (after a train ride from Malmö) to Barcelona August 2004:
Somewhere above Germany or Netherlands.
Flying above the Alpes.
Somewhere above France or Spain.
Just before landing:
Barcelona Airport(BCN), also known as El Prat de Llobregat, just after
The arrival terminal at Barcelona Airport.
The following photos below have been taken on the flight from Copenhagen to Nice with Sterling in 2008:
Flying over the Alps (probably the Swiss part).
The Alpes close to France.
Lugano, Switzerland, seen from the plane. A nice city close to the Italian border that I have never been to.
Some lakes that I can't identify.
Probably Sanremo, Italy, that we visited later.
The green Alps-Maritimes.
Just before landing in Nice.
Antibes to the right and Juan-les-Pins to the left.
Special apartment buildings in Villeneuve-Loubet.
A closer look.
The coast of Côte d´Azur, close to Nice.
The outskirts of Nice (west part).
Nice-Côte d'Azur Airport after landing. It is the 3rd most important airport in France and is used by travellers to both the French and the Italian Riviera.
Nice-Côte d'Azur Airport. To the right you can see a Saudi Boeing 747.
Frankfurt's airport is the 3rd most busy in Europe, the 9th busiest in the world and one of the most modern ones.
So it felt strange to see the airport from the top of the Main Tower, with not a single plane in the sky because of the volcano on Iceland that made all European flights cancelled just hours after my plane landed in Frankfurt! When arriving with a Lufthansa Boeing 737 from Copenhagen early in the Thursday morning (7.30 AM) I was impressed by the size of the airport, and the heavy traffic I experienced when going by the bus that catched the passengers. Not only trucks, cars and buses where meeting the bus, sometimes big commercial airplanes crossed the road in the airport so the bus had to stop while driving to the other terminal! Little did I know that I wouldn't be able to take the flight home 4 days later, but had to take trains and a ferry (see the text below). The airport has 3 terminals totally and a new runway to be compatible with the new large Airbus A380. The airport is a city in itself with 35 cafés, restaurants, bars, 3 cinemas, a large shopping mall, about 110 additional stores, banks, post offices, pharmacies, a hospital, hotels, a hairdresser, a laundy, a dentist, a chapel and an own railway station located direclty beneath the airport. The airport is situated just south of the city, so it takes only about 15 minutes by train to the Main Railway Station (Hauptbahnhof). A sky train called Skyline is connecting the terminals with the city.
This and the following photos I took from the plane window after just landing in Frankfurt Airport.
Frankfurt Airport. A Boeing 737-500, similar to "my" plane. The same day as the volcano stopped all flight traffic!
Copenhagen to Madrid, and Madrid to Barcelona in 2011
Barajas is Spain's largest and most busy airport, and the 4th largest in Europe. It has 4 huge terminal, the largest and most modern one is Terminal 4 that was designed by Richard Rogers. In 2010 almost 50 million passengers used Barajas. It is the international hub of the airline Iberia. The airport opened in 1927. Terminal 3, opened in 2006, is very futuristic with its sweaping elements, elements reminding of a science fiction and strong colours. It is the most unusual airport I have been to. 2 large accidents have been taking place at Barajas the latest years, a car bombing at the parking garage in 2006 and a fatal Spanair plane crash in 2008, killing 152 people.
A Monday evening in February 2011, me and my girflfriend landed with an Iberia plane in Madrid Barajas, arriving from Copenhagen. She had to leave earlier, so I departed alone an early morning one week later with Spanair.
Barajas Terminal 4, were we arrived, were designed by the famous architects Richard Rogers and Antonio Lamela (but for a long time I thought Calatrava was the architect).
It opened in 2006.
Terminal 4 has glass walls that makes light slip in to create a stressful atmosphere. The structure has elements featuring a colour scheme including all the shades of the rainbow.
The rainbow colour scheme changing from green to yellow.
The bagage transport band on the arrival hall in terminal 4.
Terminal 4's metro station, the end station of the pink line.
We visited Terminal 4 in daylight, the Fridaywhen my girlfriend had to get home earlier then me.
The new Mercedes.
The metro of Madrid Barajas, 2 cool decorations.
Barajas Airport seen from the town of Barajas.
Terminal 4 on the Friday night we arrived.
After one week in Madrid, I flew home with Spanair from Terminal 2, the less spectacular domestic terminal. I changed plains in Barcelona. My girlfriend had to leave some
days earlier. The air shuttle Madrid to Barcelona is Europe's most busy!
Madrid's Cuatro Torres seen from the plane.
Leaving Madrid for Barcelona and then Copenhagen.
The photos below were taken on a Ryanair flight from Bergamo (outside Milan) to Göteborg City Airport in 2008:
Our aircraft with Bergamo's old town in the background. Orio al Serio is a popular airport for lowfare airlines to Bergamo and Milano. It is situated just outside Bergamo, less than an hour by train from Milan.
A small town between Bergamo and Milan.
The Alps again.
Clouds somewhere above Sweden.
Archipelago close to Göteborg.
Just before landing at the small Göteborg City Airport (the city's large one is Landvetter) that consists only of a small runway and a small red wooden house and is situated in the forest outside Göteborg, with bad communications to the city.
The following photos below have been taken on the flight from Copenhagen to Warsaw with Air Baltic by SAS in 2008:
After taking off at Copenhagen Airport. The outskirts of the city and central Copenhagen in the upper part.
Örestad, the area close to the airport were much developments and construction take place.
The shore of Denmark, just west of Copenhagen.
Avedore Power Plant.
Probably the coast of Poland.
The coast from the plane.
I figured out, with the help of Google Earth, that this is the Polish city of Torun. The river is Wisla. Torun has 206 000 inhabitants.
The river is probably Vistula (Wisla).
Note the shadows of the clouds!
Reaching the suburbs of Warsaw.
Landing in Warsaw.
Warsaw Chopin Airport after landing. The largest airport in Poland.
The photos below were taken on our Sterling flight from Budapest to Copenhagen in 2008:
Budapest Ferihegy International Airport. On our way home we went by Sterling Airways to Copenhagen from Terminal 2, a terminal for lowfare airlines that reminds more of a common building than an airport terminal. Even though the airport is enormous by size, it feels like a very small airport (that is probably different in terminal 1). A very annoying thing was that our Sterling plane was two our late, because of a small incident on another Sterling plan
The outskirts of Budapest, seen after just taking off.
Somewhere high above Hungary.
Landing in Copenhagen: Öresundsbron, ending in a tunnel at the Pepparholmen island on the Danish side, that then goes under water and ends in Denmark.
The photos below were taken from one of the Scottish low fare airline Ryan Air's aircrafts on the flight from to Malmö (Sturup) to London(Stansted) May 2005:
On our way to London, somewhere in the sky on the plane. The sky was clear and sunny when we left Malmö.
Just above England, about to land. It looks very cloudy for the first time on the flight.
It arrived at Stansted Airport at 11 o'clock. I was surprised that the airport was THAT large. Not "Heathrow-large", but at least 3 times larger than Sturup since it has 2 or 3 terminals. The reason I was surprised is that it is so new and mainly trafficated by lowfare airlines.
We travelled by a Boeing 737-800. It was windy, cold and there was heavy clouds above the sky. Clouds that we just had travelled through!
It was a bit strange that the airport had no stairs, bus or skyways. It was just to walk on the ground to the terminal.
Charles de Gaulle (CDG), Paris largest airport. I was there in 2001 to switch plane to Los Angeles.
The autoroute (French highway) passing by CDG.
Copenhagen International Airport as seen from Öresundsbron.
The new Terminal 3 that is designed with the shape of an airplane.
Copenhagen Airport, Kastrup, with the Hilton to the right and the new Terminal 3 to the left.
Copenhagen Airport from the plane heading to Warsaw.
Sturup, Malmö´s current airport. It is pretty small, because of the nearness to Copenhagen Airport. I find the yellow theme pretty ugly. Sturup is situated very far from the city.